About the scholarship

The Dean and Vay Lousberg Scholarship Fund was established to help aid in the financing of continuing education for graduating students from Northeastern Colorado high schools.

Scholarship amount: $2,000
Number of awards: 3

Scholarship awards are one-time awards. The amounts awarded to a selected recipient may be used for tuition and fees. All scholarships will be paid directly to the recipient’s school and must be used for the upcoming academic year. Award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university.


  • Be a student who is graduating or has graduated from one of the following high schools: Haxtun High School, Sterling High School, Caliche High School, Fleming High School, Merino High School, or Prairie High School.
  • Applicants do not have to be current graduating seniors; students who have graduated from one of the aforementioned high schools and are already enrolled in continuing education may still apply.
  • Have financial need
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above

About Dean and Vay Lousberg

Dean and Vay Lousberg, both hailing from farming families in Northeastern Colorado, have deep-rooted connections to their community. Vay’s career as a teacher and her extensive volunteer work exemplifies her commitment to serving others. In their dedication to education and community support, they created this scholarship to provide financial assistance to graduating students from Northeastern Colorado high schools. The scholarship aims to assist these students in pursuing further education, empowering them to achieve their academic and career goals.

The 2024-2025 scholarship application cycle is now closed. 

Contact Us

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to review scholarship applications, contact scholarships@nocofoundation.org.

Darci Mueller
2023 Dean and Vay Lousberg Scholarship Recipient
I deeply and sincerely want to thank you for choosing me for this scholarship that will greatly help me further my education. I have relentlessly worked towards furthering my degree while trying to balance working full-time and raising four small children. I graduate from Northeastern Junior College€™s nursing program this month, and I plan on finishing up my bachelor€™s in nursing and applying for a Masters in nursing upon getting my degree. My future goal is to get my Masters in either Family Medicine or Psychiatry. Education has always been a passion of mine and something that I have shoved aside for a long time so that I could be a parent first. That leap of faith is the reason why I will become a Registered Nurse in a few short days. Your donation is greatly appreciated, and I am so thankful that you chose me to be the recipient of your scholarship.